Monthly Archives: January 2015

In Non-Places, No One Can Hear You Cry

The Disorder Of Things

Post 4 in a series of ethnographic notes sent from the Pacific Ocean. View more from the series here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Keeping watch at sunset from the bridge

The 3rd mate’s seafaring career began with a desire for basketball shoes. “When I was really young, I saw these guys coming home – seamen from my province – and they looked really amazing,” he shares one afternoon as we stare across the ocean from the bridge, where he is on watchkeeping duty for 8 hours a day. “They had these fancy dresses, basketball shoes… at that time I really liked basketball, so when I saw those brand new shoes, I said, ‘ok, I want that too’. The other men in my town, they were not the same. Even if they had a higher degree of education, they didn’t have those things the seaman were having. So I thought, why study those courses the…

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किरन बेदी , पहली महिला IPS ? दावा झूठा हो सकता है…


सामन्य ज्ञान के विधार्थियों के लिए यह जानकारी रोचक है क्योंकि अगर किरन बेदी स्वतंत्र भारत की पहली महिला IPS नहीं थीं तो आज तक लोगों को एक झूठ बताया जाता रहा और खुद किरन बेदी का ऐसा दावा करना अभी झूठा सिद्ध हो जाता है|

14 June 1957 के The Times Of India में छपी खबर बताती है कि पंजाब कैडर की सुरजीत कौर पहली आई.पी.एस अधिकारी थीं| आश्चर्य है कि भारत के उस दौर के तमाम आई.पी.एस अधिकारियों ने कभी किरन बेदी के बारे में फैलाये गये दावे को गलत तथ्य घोषित नहीं किया| आई.पी.एस एकेडेमी ने भी सही तथ्य न बता कर अपने कर्तव्य का पालन नहीं किया| बरसों से जाने सामान्य ज्ञान के कितने प्रश्न पत्रों में किरन बेदी को पहली महिला आई.पी.एस अधिकारी बताकर कितने ही उम्मीदवार उत्तीर्ण हुए होंगे|


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Gandhi’s Assassins


“It is far too early to dismiss the possibility of a future Hindu State in India. However, the possibility does not appear a strong one. The secular state has far more than an even chance of survival in India” (India as Secular State, 1963).

It was the early sixties when American political scientist Donald Eugene Smith commented about the “possibility of a Hindu state in India”. Today, even to a layperson, the secular state in India seems to be standing on very weak foundations, and the possibility of a Hindu State is far stronger than it was half a century ago, in 1963.

Perhaps, a pertinent expression of this transformation of India is the metamorphosis we witness in the image of Nathuram Godse – the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, as part of a conspiracy which was hatched by many bigwigs of the Hindutva Supremacist movement. The makeover in…

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A unique rainbow


zhangye_danxia1This “unique rainbow” at the Gansu province of China leaves one awestruck and has unmatched beauty.  The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is nothing but a colourful wonderland crafted by elements in red sandstone  and various minerals. It’s incredible and vibrant colour patterns have been appreciated by many over the years.
It is a ‘heaven’ over 200 square miles.  Formerly, a provincial park and scenic area, it became a National Geopark in November 2011.  The park is located in the northern foothills of the Qilian Mountains, in the counties of Linze and Sunan, which are under the administration  of the prefecture-level city of Zhangye, Gansu Province.  The core area of the park, Linze Danxia Scenic Area, is located 30 kilometres west of downtown Zhangye and 20 kilometres south of the seat of Linze County.  It is the most developed and the most visited part of the park. 
Zhangye Danxia, known…

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